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Game 103: Yankees at White Sox

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 31, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (62-40)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Hinske LF

Pitching: RHP Sergio Mitre (1-0, 5.91).

WHITE SOX (52-51)
Podsednik CF
Beckham 3B
Thome DH
Konerko 1B
Pierzynski C
Quentin LF
Kotsay RF
Nix SS
Getz 2B

Pitching: RHP D.J. Carrasco (3-1, 3.58).

TIME/TV: 8:11, YES.

STATE OF THE ‘STRIPES: The Yankees are 2-2 on their nine-game road trip and 3-3 in their last six games. They lead Boston by 2.5 games in the American League East after last night’s 3-2 walk-off win by the White Sox.

MORE MITRE: This will be Mitre’a third start since being called up. He has not been especially impressive, allowing 17 hits and seven earned runs over 10.2 innings.

WELCOME BACK: Shelley Duncan joins the club from Triple-A Scranton. He had a .911 OPS there in 90 games, hitting 25 home runs and driving in 75 runs. He also had 14 doubles. He has 57 games of major-league experience with the Yankees, hitting .221 with eight homers in 131 at-bats.

START ME UP: Yankee starters have a 2.61 ERA since the All-Star break.

CABRERA COMES ON: Melky is 5 of 14 on the road trip and 10 of his last 22 overall with four extra-base hits.

RISP REPORT: The Yankees are 8 of 37 (,216) with runners in scoring position on the road trip.

SLOPPY PLAY: The Yankees have committed seven errors in the last seven games.

MISSING IN ACTION: Alfredo Aceves (shoulder) has pitched once since July 21.

SORRY TO SEE IT GO: The Yankees are 18-8 in July.

STREAKING:Nick Swisher has a six-game hit streak, which for him is DiMaggio like. … Johnny Damon has drawn a walk in six straight.

MO-MENTOUS: Mariano Rivera has not allowed a run in his last 16.2 innings. He has converted 25 straight save chances.

Back with more later on.

UPDATE, 5:00 p.m.: Albaladejo optioned … Hairston will not get here today. … Shelley will wear 28.

UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Clayton Richard, Chicago’s scheduled starter, was traded to San Diego in the Peavy deal. Carrasco starts in his place.

UPDATE, 6:42 p.m.: It could be one and done for Shelley. Sounds like the Yankees may keep Ransom and Hairston to expand roster versatility. Girardi talked about being able to use them both. Interesting.

UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: Jerry Hairston on the trade to the Yankees:

“Whatever they ask me to do, I’ll do it. I can play anywhere. I’m a little shocked right now. I feel a closeness with these guys. At the same time, I’m going to New York where we have a chance to win.”

UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: Duncan has options and Ransom does not, which could dictate the roster move tomorrow.

UPDATE, 8:01 p.m.: Based on a few conversations in the last 20 minutes, the Mariners wanted Austin Jackson for Jarrod Washburn. The Yankees weren’t going there. Halladay was never an option based on the money left on his contract and the price in prospects. Obviously every team felt the same way as he was never moved.

The Yankees are hopeful — confident, even — that they can get a No. 5 starter via trade in August. That process starts on Monday as players can be put on waivers.

UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: We’re underway at U.S. Cellular Field. Enjoy the game.

UPDATE, 8:51 p.m.: Just a hunch, but Sergio Mitre is not going the distance. Meanwhile, why does every Yankees pitcher slip on the grass here? Brian Bruney slipped last year and blew out his foot. Then Andy Pettitte last night and now Mitre.

3-1 Yankees but the Chisox have the bases loaded and nobody out.

UPDATE, 8:56 p.m.: Melky throws to third, which allowed Podesdnik to tag up from first and get in scoring position. Now a single gives the White Sox the lead. You have to know the score and situation.

UPDATE, 8:57 p.m.: There you go, Thome singles and Chicago leads because Melky wanted to show off his arm instead of making the right play.

UPDATE, 9:02 p.m.: Mitre has allowed 23 hits in 12.2 innings this season.

UPDATE, 9:31 p.m.: Well, we did it. John Sterling said “Hinke with your best shot” thanks to the contest we had on this blog to find a good home run call. How great is that?

Thanks, Mr. Sterling. And great job by Manger, the reader who came up with it.

Yankees tie it, 5-5.

UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Down 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh. Yankees have not been able to get to the White Sox bullpen. They have six outs left to get something going.

UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: Johnny Damon is never the most elegant player on the field. But you can never question his desire or his hustle. That catch may have saved this game.

UPDATE, 10:53 p.m.: So let’s see, Mitre is the No. 5 starter and Aceves is the reliever who get stretched out to become the No. 5 starter. Not good.

The Yankees need another starter, that’s for certain. The question is who and how at this point. Could it actually get to Kei Igawa?

UPDATE, 11:18 p.m.: Wow, it’s rare when A-Rod makes a base-running mistake. It’s more unusual when he doesn’t hustle. He was guilty of both there. Yankees have played two clunkers in a row.

Back later with reaction from the clubhouse.




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